After nearly 500 shows in 20 countries on 2 continents, Swedish indie-folkster I’m Kingfisher (Thomas Jonsson) decided to stop touring during 2012. Instead he’s focusing on finishing his upcoming 5th album Avian, the middle passage of a planned album trilogy.
His latest album Arctic (2010), is a conceptual album about Polar expeditions and his first release on the Playground label. Arctic’s bluesy, droney twist did not only highlight the progress of Jonsson’s quirky guitar style but also gathered wide press coverage in Swedish main media. The album was nominated for the Swedish independent music award Manifest and made it both to the album and song yearlist of Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest evening paper. Arctic was also given 4-star reviews in British Uncut and R2. Albeit an unconventional approach, Arctic has appealed to a substantially bigger audience than any of Jonsson’s previous albums. When blending thoughts about identity, inspiration and doubt with the imagery of Arctic pioneer Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, it resulted in his most personal material to date. Arctic also led to an appearance in the 2012 French photo book Swedish Music Landscapes, which covers the Swedish indie scene.
Jonsson’s songs hold fundamental veins of the legacy of Dylan and Young, vividly mixed with elements of shoegazing pop, ambient electronica and contemporary indie folk acts such as M. Ward, Cat Power, Jason Molina and Gillian Welch. One Swedish show reviewer described Jonssons’ solo shows aptly as “John Fahey meets Sonic Youth”. After the release of Arctic, I’m Kingfisher went on extensive european touring. Except own headline shows, he was also touring as support act to among others Ed Harcourt, Damien Jurado, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and fellow Swedish troubadour Christian Kjellvander. Jonsson inhabits a big fondness for the British isles and has all in all made seven UK tours and one visit to HWCH Festival in Dublin.